Photo of the day 06.08 – Norway landscape
The geograpical divison of Norway is defined by the dominant features of the landscape. In southern Norway, the major mountain massifs (including Hardangervidda, Jotunheimen and Dovre mountains) and the water divide (watershed) these create defines the major areas Western Fjords (Vestlandet), Trondelag (Trøndelag), and Eastern Valleys (Østlandet). Because these mountains are such a dominant feature, Norwegians often say “east of mountains”, “west of mountains” or “north of mountains”.
The big valleys of eastern Norway cuts into the central mountain massifs from east to west or from south to north, while the great fjords of the west similarly cuts into mountain massifs (or actullay the contigous mountain shield) from the shield’s steep western edge to watershed. In most of Northern Norway the water divide defines the border with Sweden.The resulting “fragmented” landscape is clearly visible on maps and satelite images.